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Merging Modern Design and Nature with Help from Pella

When designing a building in the middle of nature, occasionally it’s best to step back and showcase the beauty of its surroundings.

That was the plan for architect Kyle Page, founder of Brooklyn-based architecture firm Sundial Studios, when drawing up a family weekend home in the woods of Sullivan County, New York. Page seized upon the opportunity to develop a relaxing, woody retreat that embraces nature while featuring simple modern design.

Rural modern cabin Photo attributed to Bjorg Magnea
 
Throughout the building process, Page turned to his local Pella Windows and Doors dealer to find doors and windows that maintained the right balance between nature and design. The staff at Pella worked with Page to build custom grilles for the Architect Series® Reserve windows featured in the cabin, as well as finding French doors and windows from the Architect Series Contemporary line.

The result: A beautiful retreat that has drawn notice, including a piece in The New York Times real estate section.

Page shared his impressions about the process of designing his country home.

Rural modern cabinPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On the rural appeal of the building site:

“The building area is a beautiful and wild 19 acres and is roughly two hours away from our Brooklyn home. The land is private and wooded, with a pond, wetlands, old-stone pasture walls and exposed ledgestone running down from the north and west sides. We installed an owl box in a tree about a tenth of a mile away from the house, but as of now, no owl has moved in. A blue heron frequently visits, and once in a while a bald eagle will fish the pond. The deer behave as if they own the place.”

Interior of custom homePhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea 

On integrating natural elements into the cabin’s design:

“The patinaed exterior material palette of rusted, weathering steel; blackened, rough-cut cedar; and the exposed concrete foundation plinth, which steps down toward the pond, were chosen to merge the building into its wooded surroundings. Additionally, the windows were sized and detailed to add to the dialogue between the house and the pond. The windows extend as they move toward the pond, and the south gable wall is just about fully glazed, and includes the custom grilles, which reflect the geometries of the gable form.”

Custom home with contemporary decorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

On choosing Pella products:

“I have worked with Pella previously, and have always had positive experiences with both the quality of the product and the Pella professionals. The aluminum-clad wood windows have remarkable durability. In this project, I selected the Architect Series because it has a minimal style that fit very well with the aesthetics of the cabin. The thin profile and larger frames of glass look fantastic!”

Custom cabin with large windows

Photo attributed to Kyle Page
 
On teaming with the Pella staff to develop custom window grilles:

“It was a very easy process working with the team at Pella to get the grilles the way I envisioned. I made drawings of the layouts, and was provided shop drawings for review and approval, prior to their building. It placed some additional lead time to the windows—about six weeks. But the final result was worth it. The professionalism of the team left me sure that it would be the way I envisioned.”

Modern cabin interiorPhoto attributed to Bjorg Magnea

Pella windows and doors played a featured role in this noteworthy architectural design. While your new addition might not get highlighted in The New York Times, you can trust Pella to bring you home replacement windows and doors that will impress—thanks to their well-crafted design. And you’ll know that the durability and quality of your Pella products means they’ll be around for years to come.

Begin the journey toward a head-turning home design project by contacting a Pella professional today!

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